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January 11, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Mitt, Fritz and Koch -- Notable contributors to SC governor race

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to

Some of the notable names who contributed to the expected 2014 S.C. governor foes in the last quarter of 2013.

Gov. Nikki Haley, who has gained a national profile with a leadership role in the Republican Governors Association and a prime-time speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, is ahead in the money race in her rematch with Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.


• Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee whom Haley endorsed. His occupation is listed as "retired." ($3,500 contribution)
• Charles Koch, industrialist who along with his brother are heavily involved in national Republican politics. Haley has attended a Koch-sponsored event. ($3,500)
• Chase Koch, Charles' son, ($3,500)
• Texans for Rick Perry, the Texas governor's campaign. Perry visited South Carolina last year in what was seen as a test of his chances for a 2016 presidential run. ($3.500)
• Lesa France Kennedy, chief executive of International Speedway Corp., owner of Darlington Raceway and the parent company of NASCAR. ($3.500)


• Former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings ($1,000 contribution)
• Former USC president John Palms ($1,000)
• Robert Royall, former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania and S.C. Secretary of Commerce. ($3,500)
• Alex Sanders, former chief justice of S.C. Court of Appeals and College of Charleston president. ($1,000)
• Mack Whittle, retired founder of First Carolina bank, now owned by TD Bank, and USC trustee. ($1,000)

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